80k supporter update - 2020 annual review

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Benjamin Todd

May 14, 2021, 2:54:48 PM5/14/21
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Hi everyone,

We’ve released the Nov 2020 annual review on the blog here. The full version is available as a google doc. (You can find our previous evaluations here.)

  • The first section covers a summary of our 2020 progress and 2021/2022 plans. 

  • The second section contains my more detailed reflections on progress, impact, views of each programme, and growth plans.

  • The rest of the review and the appendices give further details about our metrics, historical impact, updates by programme, changes to organisational structure/hiring plans, and financials.

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An extra update on the team:

Since the review was written, Peter Hartree, our lead engineer, has confirmed that he’s going to move on from 80,000 Hours. Peter had considered leaving after his sabbatical in summer 2020. In the review, we announced he would experiment with a new role as head of web, but at the end of 2020, he decided to decline the role. He’s currently working 2-days per week, which will decline in the coming months.

We’re sad to see him go. Peter started freelancing in 2014, and joined the team full-time in 2015. He did a lot to build our website during a period when readership grew more than 10-fold, contributing to the design as much as the technical side. He’s also helped 80k have great internal systems, been a successful manager, and more recently, overseen the growth of the job board.

Peter also trained Roman Duda in web engineering, and we’ll be relying on Roman as Peter scales back. We also expect to start looking for another engineer at the end of the year.

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Our focus in 2021 will be to continue to deliver and grow the annual impact of our existing programmes (website, podcast, job board, one-on-one) – according to the priorities in updates by programme – while hiring towards the 2-year target expanded org structure, with the longer-term goal of doubling our annual rate of plan changes.

Feel free to email if you have questions about anything in the review,


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